Welcome to Príncipe
Príncipe is in many ways a smaller version of São Tomé, with a port capital in the north, a vast uninhabited forest in the south, and a few roças (plantations) sprinkled around. However, due to its much smaller population this island is more unspoiled, feels more remote and is ultimately more attractive. Nature rules here, and beautifully so: an intact canopy covers everything with the exception of the airport and the tiny capital, Santo António, creating an emerald isle accented by fantastic beaches. Raw phonolite towers of various shapes punch through the forest, forming a crazy skyline, and making the entire island feel like Jurassic Park – without the dinosaurs, although there are some interesting endemic species that won't eat you. Recognising this natural patrimony, Unesco made Príncipe a World Biosphere Reserve in 2013. Given recent infrastructure upgrades, including a new international airport, perhaps you should visit sooner rather than later.